Okay, so I'm working on a couple of Elance projects right now--can't complain because it's paying the bills--WELL. :-)
But this weekend I was utterly absorbed by a new (new to me, at least) website called RootClip.com . My hubby's got a student of his in a film making competition there. The basic gist of the site is this--the folks at RootClip film an opening clip of a short movie. They leave a cliffhanger. Then the madness ensues as would-be film makers from across the country film and submit the next "chapter." Voting is done (popular vote and then the judges vote) and the winner of each chapter is announced. Winning one of the chapters enables the film maker to participate in the final chapter's segment. The winner of the final chapter gets some great prizes.
As a writer speaking to writers and readers--go to RootClip.com and check out what they do. It will open your mind to possibilities, techniques and a few terms you may not have known. If you want to get the most out of it without directly competing, use the opening clips (and even subsequent clips) as writing prompts for you to journal out. Then, after you've written yours, check out the subsequent clip. Did you come up with something similar or a totally different direction?
That's it for me for now--need to wake the boy and feed him...